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Confident Japan, Senegal in crunch tie

25 June 2018

Colombia's World Cup began in the most disappointing fashion as they fell to a 2-1 defeat against Japan.

After the goal, Japan coach Akira Nishino immediately pointed to Honda and six minutes later the recently installed manger was clenching his fist. "Nothing is yet acquired, we must continue to work to achieve our goal", he added. That gives him more World Cup goals than he has in 122 games in the Premier League, where he has scored only once. Because of his experience he's an interesting, important player for Colombia, but we are talking about an important position and can't make a mistake there. The princess spoke with squad members and posed for a photo with the senior national side, as well as the Japan under-19 players now attending the camp.

Sanchez was dismissed after just three minutes of Colombia's Group H opener, which ended in a 2-1 defeat to Japan that prompted criticism of Pekerman's team.

Senegal thought they had claimed all three points as Moussa Wague drilled the ball into the top of the net in the 71st minute to make it 2-1, after Sadio Mane's fortuitous first-half opener was cancelled out by Takashi Inui's curling shot.

The team will now go on to play without Sanchez, with either Wilmar Barrios or Mateus Uribe likely to take his place.

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Japan failed to deal with a right-wing cross with Genki Haraguchi nodding the ball straight to Senegal defender Youssouf Sabaly in the box.

On 71 minutes, Japan allowed a scuffed cross to go right across their goal and defender Moussa Wague arrived all alone at the far post to grab what looked like being an unlikely victor.

Adam Nawałka dismissed suggestions the game is his biggest as Poland coach and insists his team are confident of turning their fortunes around following a disappointing start.

"The player was deeply affected by this matter and we all understand that football is something else".

Yet Cisse, who captained the 2002 Senegal team that reached the quarter-finals of the World Cup in their only previous appearance, did not agree that the battle would just be between brains and brawn.

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Sunday will be another crucial day at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, as all four teams in Group H will be in action. Poland got on the board in the 86th minute, but did not have enough time left to even the scoreboard. "We didn't lose today".

After the game was over, the Japanese and Senegalese fans - equipped with blue trash bags - joined forces to clean the stadium.

"We've already put the Japan match behind us", he said. To do so, a Senegal defense led by Kalidou Koulibaly has to stay as focused as they were against Poland, when they nullified the impact of star striker Robert Lewandowski.

For the second straight match, Japan had high-profile support in the stands.

He was brought on in the second half of their first game and didn't do too much other than pick up a yellow card.

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Confident Japan, Senegal in crunch tie